On 7th October 2016 MIASU held a conference: ‘Inner Asian Lineages and Future Horizons’ to celebrate 30 years since the Unit was founded in 1986 by Professor Caroline Humphrey and Professor Urgunge Onon.
Dr David Sneath (Director) gave the welcome speech.
Panels at the conference represented the Unit’s major themes:
1. Nationhood, Statecraft, and Inner Asian Borders
2. Pastoralism, Environment, and Economy
3. Religion, Cosmology, and Spiritual Revival
See programme for details of speakers
The occasion was also used to pay tribute to Urgunge who died at the age of 96 in December 2015. To mark his continuing inspiration to the work of the Unit the Executive Committee of the MIASU has created a prize in his memory – The Onon Prize which Dr Temujin Onon presented to Professor Roberte Hamayon (Paris) for her contribution to Mongolian Studies. The Mongolian Ambassador N. Tulgaa also attended and congratulated Professor Humphrey on MIASU and its achievements.
Professor Caroline Humphrey, Professor Roberte Hamayon and Dr Temujin Onon